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Match Preview: NSW Cup Round 20

After a disappointing last start defeat to the Bulldogs in Round 19, Wests Tigers will look to bounce back against the North Sydney Bears on Saturday, July 26.

The hosts only played the Bears two weeks ago — running away with a 42-24 victory on the day — which will no doubt give them plenty of confidence heading into this week’s clash.

And with a top-four spot on the line after their 28-18 loss last week, look for Wests Tigers to come out firing and look to leave no doubts about their premiership aspirations.

Read on for a full preview of the match including all the key match details, team news for both teams plus statistical analysis and more.

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Match Details

Date — Saturday, July 19, 2014

Time — 1:45pm AEST

Venue — Leichhardt Oval (Mary Street, Leichhardt)

Radio — Live coverage via 2GLF 89.3fm (online coverage)

 

Confirmed Squads

Wests Tigers

1. Kurtis Rowe 2. John Sila 3. Asipeli Fine 4. Jy Hitchcox 5. Setefano Taukafa 6. Jack Madden 7. Michael Stevens 8. Jack Buchanan 9. Joel Luani 10. Nathan Brown 11. Brenden Santi 12. Jarred Farlow 13. Kyle Lovett (Interchange: 14. Michael Bullock 15. Sitaleki Akauola 16. Sam Hollis 17. Inno Inosesio 18. Corey Brown 19. Andrew Vela)

 

North Sydney Bears

1. Nathan Merritt 2. John O’Dare 3. Joe Uluibau 4. Jackson Williams 5. Curtis Johnston 6. Jordan Worboys 7. Asipai Koroisau 8. Luke Burgess 9. Matt Hyland 10. Brad Lupi 11. Jesse Roberts 12. Chris Grevsmuhl 13. Nathaniel Neale (Interchange: 14. Duncan Low 15. Steven Tavita 16. Kurt Aldridfe 17. Kane Morgan)

 

Last Five Matches

Wests Tigers

R15 — Wests Tigers 32 def. Newtown Jets 16

R16 — Mounties RLFC 30 def. Wests Tigers 26

R17 — Penrith Panthers 40 def. Wests Tigers 20

R18 — Wests Tigers 42 def. North Sydney Bears 24

R19 — Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 28 def. Wests Tigers 18

 

North Sydney Bears

R14 — Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 54 def. North Sydney Bears 22

R15 — Penrith Panthers 32 def. North Sydney Bears 28

R17 — Wentworthville Magpies 56 def. North Sydney Bears 16

R18 — Wests Tigers 42 def. North Sydney Bears 24

R19 — Illawarra Cutters 26 def. North Sydney Bears 12

 

Coach’s Comment

“We set benchmarks in defence this year and we just haven’t come through on that in the last few weeks. We’ve got to get that back this week, and I’ll be looking to see a big improvement in the aggression we show in defence. Everyone that plays this week has to atone for last week…” (Paul Fletcher, NSW Cup Coach)

 

Numbers to Know

·      Asipeli Fine ranks seventh in the league for total runs (205)

·      Asipeli Fine ranks fifth in the league for total run metres (1892)

·      Setefano Taukafa ranks fifth in the league for total tackle breaks (55)

·      Nathaniel Neale ranks sixth in the league for total hit-ups (175)

·      Jordan Worboys ranks second in the league for total kick metres (2441)

·      Matt Hyland and Nathaniel Neale rank second in the league for total tackles (702)

·      Jarred Farlow ranks seventh in the league for total tackles (546)

 

Team Stats

 

Wests Tigers

North Sydney Bears

Position

4th (26 points)

13th (8 points)

Points For

503 points (6th)

340 points (12th)

Points Against

400 points (4th)

590 points (13th)

2014 Home Record

Played 8: Won 4, Lost 4

Played 10: Won 1, Lost 9

2014 Away Record

Played 10: Won 7, Lost 3

Played 8: Won 1, Lost 7

2014 Total Record

Played 18: Won 11, Lost 7

Played 18: Won 2, Lost 16